As of 5.30pm there had been 33 arrests:
1 Assault on police
3 Public order offences
3 Offensive weapon
1 Theft related
A damp start couldn't stop hundreds of thousands of people turning out for this year's Notting Hill Carnival.
Everyone seemed to be having a good time including a dancing policeman who was filmed enjoying the carnival atmosphere.
Up to one million people are expected to attend the Carnival to experience Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.
Thumping basslines, sizzling meat and tooting whistles filled the air as giant floats made their way from Westbourne Park Underground station, up Kensal Road, along Ladbroke Grove and down Westbourne Grove in West London.
One of the first groups to take to the streets was the charity Kinetika Bloco, whose dancers wore pink, green and white costumes while a brass band played songs from The Clash's Rock the Casbah to Daft Punk's Get Lucky.
Notting Hill Carnival has kicked off with an explosion of colour and music.
After fears the start of Europe's biggest street festival would be hampered by rain, the skies cleared and the sun shone on performers as they paraded through the streets of west London in bright costumes.
A beautiful wildlife garden has officially been opened in east London.
The new garden features a unique Willow Dome structure, minibeast habitats and a wildlife container gardening area.
It is designed to give visitors attractive examples of how to make their own gardens friendlier for different kinds of wildlife, even with limited space. Visitors can also enjoy thriving butterfly, bee and chalk meadows and a dragonfly earth sculpture.
The Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Carnival is taking place at the garden from 10am until 4pm today. It is the culmination of months of hard work by volunteers and community groups at the WaterWorks Nature Reserve to create the garden for everyone to enjoy.
Met Police say Europe's largest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival, passed off largely peacefully, despite around 250 arrests.
Four people were stabbed during the Bank Holiday weekend's festivities, which attracted around a Million visitors to the streets of west London.
Ria Chatterjee sent us this report.
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It's a London tradition that goes back almost 50 years, but it was the younger genereration that took centre stage at today's Notting Hill Carnival. Thousands of revellers celebrated Children's Day, with more than a million people expected over the two day event.